July 1 , 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

How Film Festivals Decide Which Movies to Accept
Given the recent firing of longtime MoMA Assistant Curator of Film Sally Berger for disinviting a film without notice to her supervisor, many in the New York film community are asking the question: what are the selection processes that govern film festivals? Get the insider’s perspective from MoMA, Sundance and Tribeca on the film selection process, but know this – just because your film doesn’t get into a festival, doesn’t mean programmers don’t like your film!
Read more | IndieWire »

Spain’s documentary scene is booming, but is anyone watching?
The quality of Spanish documentaries is steadily increasing, but many of them are ever widely seen. Over the last decade, 734 documentaries have been registered with the Culture Ministry, 109 of them in the last year, but only 32 percent of them were screened in cinemas. Spanish filmmakers need to take the next step and challenge the institutions in order to reach larger, international audiences.
Read more | El Pais »

Amazon Snags Exclusive SVOD Rights to 19 PBS Kids Series
Amazon is expanding its television programming, and they’re aiming to make Prime Video “the best destination for kids and family programming that will both educate and entertain”. To start off, they have acquired the streaming rights to 13 of PBS series.
Read more | Variety »

First Look Media is building a new platform that aims to include everything from films to podcasts
First Look Media, originally launched as a slate of topical digital magazines, is now emerging as a full-fledged digital media company and studio, within which The Intercept and other publications live on. Initiatives like the Press Freedom Litigation Fund co-produced and helped fund the film Spotlight, and recently launched a podcast with Slate. The detail are still not clear, but from all the job listings, it looks like First Look Media is looking to take on everything from video series, feature films, podcasts, photo essays, and more.
Read more | Nieman Lab »

Upcoming festivals and deadlines
This Week

Next Week

  • Deadline: DOK LEIPZIG Submissions 7/7
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival When 7/1 – 7/9

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